Contributed by Sharon Butler / Thanks to the ongoing disaster known as the Trump administration, anxiety was in the air at the art fairs this year. Unconstitutional��deportation, hate crime, heedless�military intervention, political corruption, the impending�loss of affordable healthcare for 24 million people, and the failure�of GOP will to seriously investigate�palpable�indications�of the Trump team’s treasonous collusion with the Russians to skew the presidential election have created a nearly unprecedented level of tension and despair. Not to mention our concern for the exploding opioid crisis, which has touched everyone I know, and will unquestionably become much worse if Obamacare is repealed. Who has time to make art when there are protests to attend, representatives to call, and letters to write? Preoccupied�with�Twitter and the daily news, I sometimes wonder how Morandi managed to keep his famously�narrow focus during World War II. But getting�out to the fairs to�look at art made during this�historic moment relieved at least a little of my anxiety. Reconnecting with friends and colleagues was�good for the�spirit. Here is a selection of paintings�that caught my eye.
NADA New York,�March 2�5, 2017,�Skylight Clarkson North,�572 Washington Street,�New York, NY.
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